My primary wallet for many years has been a monogram Louis Vuitton long wallet. The durability of the canvas is what keeps me a loyal customer. My husband is astonished that I still keep the Louis Vuitton monogram backpack he bought me 18 years ago in my purse rotation.

I recently bought a Neverfull GM handbag at the Louis Vuitton store inside of Neiman Marcus at Fashion Valley in San Diego. During the transaction, the sales associate asked me if I’d like to have my wallet hot-stamped with my initials for free. At the time, there were 18 colors and several sizes of Louis Vuitton hot stamping to choose from.

A Louis Vuitton store associate lays out hot stamping colors and styles for my wallet.
Hot stamping color options

There are even more now.

She said that most people with gold hardware choose a gold color, so that’s what I went with. My wallet was ready for pick-up two days later. At the time, my wallet was 10 years old and completely functional. I suspect that most people would have replaced it already. However, having my initials hot-stamped into the top flap gave it a second wind.

My Louis Vuitton monogram wallet with my initials hot stamped in gold.

Louis Vuitton hot stamping is available when you purchase their items online and in select stores. They will hot stamp new and pre-owned, authentic items. Complimentary Louis Vuitton hot stamping is offered at both of San Diego’s Louis Vuitton stores.

In addition to the store inside Neiman Marcus, there is a much larger store inside Fashion Valley mall, across from the escalators up to the food court. If the larger store isn’t busy, they can do it while you shop otherwise you’ll need to pick it up later.

I recently purchased an All-In monogram handbag and they hot stamped the luggage tag while I ran other errands in the mall.

A hot stamped luggage tag on my All-In Louis Vuitton handbag.
Hot stamping took about 30 minutes

This short video by Louis Vuitton sheds light on the hot stamping process and shows some possible color combinations.

I am VERY pleased with the end result. If you intend to sell your bag or wallet eventually, you may want to think twice about Louis Vuitton hot stamping but as I said these bags last for a very long time.

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. Pingback: Louis Vuitton Neverful GM In Damier Canvas: Why I Own It
  2. Recently purchased a LV bag on vacation from a LV Store but was not given the option of the heat stamping! Is there still an opportunity to have it personalized?

  3. Oooh. I completely forgot they do that. I wonder if they can do it after purchase? I have a few pieces I would love with my initials. I guess it’s time to call the store. Thanks for sharing!